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good morning. the buck stops with me. president obama vows to fix security flaws that led to an attempted bombing of the u.s. airliner. full-body scanners could be one answer. what can they detect and what do they reveal? this morning, a live demonstration right in our studio. meat locker. below-zero temperatures in three entire states overnight, north dakota, south dakota and nebraska, as dangerous snow and ice push into the entire eastern half of the country. and falcon's flight.
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nbc news has obtained never-before-seen video of the infamous balloon boy incident. >> dad, falcon's in there! >> where? >> in the ship! >> he was just here! >> no, he's in there! >> what? >> what? >> and despite his guilty plea, balloon boy dad richard heene says it wasn't a hoax. a live, exclusive interview with him today, friday, january 8th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and in for meredith, i'm ann curry. good morning, everybody. there's been a lot of talk about these full-body scanners, specifically after this attempted christmas day bombing, and what these scanners might be able to do to prevent future terror attacks. >> let's take a look right now. this is one of the machines
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being tested by the tsa, the transportation security administration. so, could a machine like this one have detected the explosives carried aboard northwest airlines flight 253? on the other side of the coin, there are the privacy concerns. how much would a machine like this reveal to security screeners? just ahead, we're going to give you a live demonstration in our studio. >> should be very interesting. also ahead, new developments in the search for a missing child, 8-month-old gabriel johnson. police have identified persons of interest in a case, a couple we featured in our story on thursday, and investigators think they know more about the disappearance than they're letting on. so, we're get to get the latest on this in a moment. also, quite a scene at graceland. fans flocking to memphis to pay tribute to the king of rock and roll on this, what would have been his 75th birthday. this morning, priscilla presley joins us for an exclusive, live interview from graceland. >> that man could move. >> sure could. let's begin with a blunt assessment from the president about how the alleged christmas
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day bomber came close to carrying out a devastating attack. nbc's savannah guthrie is at the white house with more on this. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. the president said no single human being or agency led to this failure, so he hasn't fired anyone, but he did not spare the intelligence community a very damning assessment. >> we can't sit on information that could protect the american people. >> reporter: at the helm of a potentially catastrophic failure of the u.s. government, the president said the responsibility for the christmas day near disaster on flight 253 ultimately lies with him. >> i am less interested in passing out blame than i am in learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer. for, ultimately, the buck stops with me. >> reporter: while signaling that high-ranking officials' jobs will be spared, the president painted a picture of a stunning failure of the intelligence community to connect the dots. a six-page, declassified report concluded agencies had all the information they needed about
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"known terrorist" umar farouk abdulmutallab but didn't piece it together. unlike 9/11, in this case, intelligence was shared across agencies, but no single organization took the lead, leaving the intelligence about the suspect to slip through the cracks. >> i told the president today i let him down. >> reporter: the president's top terror adviser said the government's biggest failing was underestimating al qaeda's o offshoot in yemen, al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. u.s. officials had information since early last year the group had ambitions to strike u.s. soil. but didn't really believe they could do it. >> we had a strategic sense of sort of where they were going, but we didn't know they had progressed to a point of launching individuals here. >> reporter: in a memo to federal agencies, the president ordered immediate reforms, including better security and screening at airports, including more use of full-body imaging, tightening of the criteria for
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visas, faster dissemination of intelligence reports and an expansion of terrorism watchlists. moving on to the offensive, the president took aim at critics like former vice president dick cheney, who have suggested he is soft on terror. >> and while passions and politics can often obscure the hard work before us, let's be clear about what this moment demands. we are at war. now is not a time for partisanship, it's a time for citizenship, a time to come together and work together. >> reporter: well, one of these mistakes was very simple. it turns out, the state department had misspelled the suspect's name, and that's the reason why at first the state department didn't realize he had a visa to enter the u.s., matt. >> savannah guthrie at white house, thank you very much. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> it was a blunt speech, and of course, the quote that will be heard and read everywhere today is "the buck stops with me," the president saying that. did he say what he needed to
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say? >> well, i think for now, what he's signaling is he's going to be much more out in front of fighting this war on terrorism, the war on al qaeda, as the administration puts it, and he wants everybody to have that same sense of urgency when it comes to not just collecting the information, sharing the intelligence, but weighing that intelligence in such a way to say that there's going to be information that's got to shoot up to the top of the list and flash blinking red. >> he directly countered some of his republican critics with lines like, "we are at war against al qaeda," and then going on calling for bipartisanship, saying that it is time to "come together and work together with the seriousness that national security demands." i take this also as him saying that some of this is sticking, that he realizes that some of these claims that he's soft on terror, they're starting to stick. >> the argument is that somehow there's been a return to a pre-9/11 mentality or that the u.s. is letting its guard down. there are people like john brennan who have been outspoken,
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who have worked for more than one administration, republican and democrat, who say that's not the case at all, and you heard the president saying that unequivocally, that we are a nation at war. he sounded a lot to me, matt, like president bush after 9/11, for the couple of years after 9/11, saying to both sides of the aisle, look, this is a huge threat to the united states. we have to work together. this cannot become an ideological football here. >> right. >> but this is a sign that this is a president that understands that republicans will use the security issue against democrats. >> and as part of setting right that image that he's a little bit worried about right now, do you expect him to more carefully prioritize in the future? in other words, when he's out across this country speaking about health care and the economy and jobs, in those very same speeches, is he going to be forced to say, oh, and by the way, i am also dealing with the terror threat? >> i think it's a good point, and it is a sign that this issue of terrorism is not one that can be lowered at all on his agenda. it is always right there because it can strike at any time. al qaeda, the arabian peninsula is becoming more of a franchise
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operation. that's the way al qaeda is becoming. it's not a centralized command and control structure that we went to war against right after 9/11. it's changing, it's evolving. the president has to keep it on top of the priority list every day. >> we learned yesterday that defense secretary robert gates is going to stick around at least through 2010. how big a deal is that for the administration? >> it's actually a very big deal. it sends an interesting message about not only somebody who served for president bush who's staying on, but just how important gates has become to president obama. initially, he didn't want to stay past a year, but he became so vital in the course of this afghanistan review, i'm told that he would send multiple pages, handwritten memos, personally written memos to the president on which direction he should go in. so, he's become a very close adviser on national security. >> you're heading out west for the weekend for "meet the press." what do you have on tap? >> we've got an exclusive interview with governor schwarzenegger of california. so much happening there, and the view from the states on the economy and health care and all the rest. also, we'll have a debate about
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the future of this political year with the head of the republican and democratic national committees. >> all right. have a good weekend, david, thanks. >> you too, matt. >> it's eight minutes after the hour. here's ann. now more on at accused bomber umar farouk abdulmutallab, scheduled to make a court appearance in detroit. nbc justice correspondent pete williams is there. good morning. >> reporter: ann, good morning to you. he's already been before a federal judge in a hospital room shortly after he was arrested. here at a federal courthouse in detroit, he'll face new charges that could bring him life in prison if he's convicted. u.s. marshals will move him later today from a federal prison about 45 miles away where he's now being held to face new charges, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, namely, a bomb, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. prosecutors say his bomb could have killed all 289 people on board the flight from amsterdam to detroit because of the potential explosive force of the chemicals he smuggled on to the
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plane in his underwear. >> on the airplane -- >> reporter: "dateline nbc" asked an explosives expert to demonstrate the power of the same amount of material that the fbi says abdulmutallab was carrying. that same force, investigators say, could have produced disastrous results on a plane in flight. the homeland security department says it's working to see that more full-body scanners are deployed in the u.s. and overseas that can help find what's hidden under a passenger's clothes, and it says it will enlist the government's national research laboratories to help develop new technologies. >> so that we can react not only to known threats but also to proactively anticipate new ways by which terrorists could seek to board our aircraft. >> reporter: meantime, the transportation security administration vows to improve its system for making certain that people in airports cannot bypass security, as happened earlier this week in newark, touching off seven hours of chaos. this newly released video shows a tsa officer leaving his post
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sunday evening. a few seconds later, a man, apparently intended to meet an arriving passenger, sees the officer leave and quickly ducks under a barer, improperly entering the secure part of the airport and forcing a shutdown of the busiest concourse. incredibly, it was another passenger, not the tsa, who called attention to the man's improper entry, and these pictures come from continental airlines' cameras, because the camera shared by the port authority and tsa were not working. the man who sneaked in was never found. in a statement, tsa says it will "use this hard lesson to reinforce the sharp focus and tight discipline at all our stations across the country and ensure we maintain the public trust." here in detroit, one question is whether abdulmutallab's father will be in court today. he's the one who told the u.s. back in november that he feared his son was becoming radicalized and had gone to yemen. ann? >> pete williams this morning, thanks. as pete mentioned, the department of homeland security's working to deploy
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more full-body scanners at airports, but just how much do they reveal and are they an invasion of our privacy? we're now going to show you live a demonstration with mark, the vice president of smith's detection, which makes these detectors. mr. louster, good morning. >> good morning, ann. >> people want to know how much detail? because your scanner is one of the ones the tsa is reviewing. >> right. >> how much do they reveal? >> this is designed to bounce harmless radio waves off the body. >> no radiation. >> no radiation. >> and what we're seeing under the body is anomaly, so highlighted areas of concerns. >> so, are genitals revealed? >> you'll see they're masked pretty well with this technology. >> nevertheless, we'll have to blur some of our technology this morning. we have a model. jim has been kind enough -- actually, courageous enough, to come through the machine this morning. we'll still blur out some images. jim's coming through without wearing anything, no contraband. rick is monitoring the machine, so technically, you would be the
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tsa officer, presumably in another room, looking at these images. >> that's correct. >> you can see what they're showing us. basically, the scanner does reveal a great deal, and you are not recording so much, but you are seizing that image. >> this is a realtime image. so as the passenger's moving, we're seeing what's underneath the clothing so the screener sees right away, instead of having to wait, what's underneath. >> jim, while you go now and put some contraband on, we can still look at this image. the question that raises is can this image be replayed, reused, for people concerned about privacy? >> as soon as the passenger leaves the checkpoint, the image is deleted. >> so, the tsa person would need to delete the image? >> absolutely. >> let's find out now -- jim has quickly gotten some contraband on him, we don't exactly know -- we do know there will be some powdering substance on him. jim is making his turn, and the big question now is will this machine find the kind of powdery substance that, of course, caused all kinds of concern
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after the attempted christmas day bombing. let's look at what we revealed with your machine. >> we've got the full image here, and what we're looking for is anomalies, areas of concern. as you can see here, right away we've got something concealed in the back. so, this is a utility knife, something that wouldn't have been detected by the metal detector -- >> that's fairly clear there. i mean, that's fairly clear. >> absolutely. here we have a plastic knife-cutter here -- >> on his leg, i see. >> that's something else that wouldn't have been detected by the metal detector. >> that would not have been detected by a metal detector? >> no. >> why would that be? >> it's just not enough metal. >> i see. >> and here we have an area of concern assimilated explosive device strapped to his body. >> i see. so, what you're seeing is this rectangle up here. >> yeah. >> and in that, we have -- jim, why don't you go ahead and take it out. what we have then is -- so, that material, if it's, for example, hidden in a person's genitals, as we understand was the case according to investigators in the christmas day bombing -- that, by the way, is not an explosive, thank goodness.
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that's just flour, but any powdering substance would be found. >> right. >> a lot of people are concerned about the health risks of this. you mentioned that it's risk-free, that it's safe. >> right. >> but you know, there are a lot of people who have concern about any kind of risk because they have had breast cancer, they're concerned. are you saying there's absolutely no risk using this machine? >> we had a lot of choices to make when we invested our money into research and development for various types of technology. we felt this was the safest product to bring to market. >> safest. >> right. >> but has it been vetted to be completely safe? >> absolutely. absolutely. >> now, the other concern people will have about their privacy is, for example, is there anything inside your body that would be detected by -- for example, if you had implants or something else like that, would that be detected? >> it's only underneath the clothing, that's all we see. >> so, if a terrorist had actually swallowed something or hidden something inside his or her body, that would not be detected by your machine? >> well, no, not internally, no. >> if this machine is approved, how soon could you get it to the tsa? how soon would it be up and
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operational? >> we're testing now, so we're hoping very soon. it's a process we have to go through and we hope to get it out this year. >> this year. >> early this year, yes. >> early this year, so actually within months. >> right. >> and presumably, we're hearing from the government that if a person decides they don't want to go through this full-body scan, they can also have a patdown. >> they can opt out, yes. >> mark lofstra, thank you very much. and thank you for being our tsa officer and jim, you get the most thanks of all. now let's get the other top stories from natalie morales, in for me at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. bitter cold covering much of the u.s. this morning from colorado to tennessee with parts of north dakota dropping to 31 below during the night. severe weather thursday is blamed for a deadly accident in ohio that killed four people. and it snowed as far south as georgia. weather was a factor this morning in a 27-vehicle pileup in atlanta. four people remain hospitalized this morning after a deadly workplace shooting
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thursday in st. louis. police say an employee who may have been having problems with his pension opened fire, killing three people, then killed himself. overseas markets are mostly higher this morning. cnbc's melissa lee is at the new york stock exchange. melissa, today the focus on jobs once again. >> that's right, natalie. good morning to you. investors are focused on the state of the economy with the jobs report for the month of december. investors want to see improvements in the labor markets this year in order to sustain gains from the stock market last year. meantime, reports of some big bonuses at a bank that received a government bailout. some executives at bank of america will get record bonuses this year. the total pool will be at a record, but some executives will get records. remember, bank of america paid back its t.a.r.p. money last month, natalie. >> melissa lee at the new york stock exchange, thank you. and alabama's celebrating a perfect season and a national championship this morning. last night after knocking quarterback colt mccoy out of the game early with a shoulder injury, alabama then went on to beat texas, 37-21 in the bcs
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title game. first win in 17 years. the crimson tide is back. 7:17 right now. let's turn it back over to matt, ann and al. >> congratulations, natalie. >> congratulations about alabama. sorry about colt mccoy, though. that would have been more interesting to see what would have happened had he been in the whole game, but >> the last of this note is on
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the lower delmarva peninsula, pulling out of the picture to this guy is beginning to clear up a little bit. there are some snow flurries. the wins wil and this is it, of course, on friday, the last time we get to tell you about the crazy wild card saturday! that's right. oh, it's a wacky one. the jets travel to cincinnati. scattered flurries at paul brown stadium, temperatures in the teens, windchills 5 to 10. ooh, my goodness! but out at cowboys stadium, they can bring in that big old retractible roof. it's going to be clear and cold
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outside, temperatures in the mid-20s as the eagles fly in to take on the cowboys. it's wild card saturday. matt? >> all right, al, thank you very much. coming up, some never-before-seen video of that infamous balloon boy incident. the heene family now says it proves the stunt wasn't a hoax. richard heene shares it with us and speaks
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did get canceled, it would give us time to maybe do some traveling. >> that would be wonderful. >> in fact, i understand fox is beautiful this time of year. beautiful. >> by the way, nbc issued a statement basically saying "jay leno is one of the most compelling entertainers in the world today. as we have said all along, jay's show has performed exactly as we anticipated on the network. it has, however, presented some issues for our affiliates. both jay and the show are committed to working closely with them to find ways to improve the performance." >> and let's also mention, nbc also released a statement on "conan" as well, "we have the best comedy team in the business. we remain committed to keeping conan o'brien on nbc. he's a valued part of our late-night lineup, as he has been for more than 16 years and is one of the most respected entertainers on television." so, clearly some questions being asked. no answers yet. >> you would think with all our contacts, we'd be able to get some answers. a lot more ahead.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. we want to get a check on the morning commute with traffic pulse 11 and kim dacey. >> we have picked up a lot of little accidents across the area. we are still dealing with the crash and the northbound lane of j.f.x. hopefully they will take care of
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that soon. a crash in that shot in philadelphia, at east coldspring and alameda. in columbia, an accident at snow river parkway, and in anne arundel county, a cluster of crashes there. crownsville instance stephens church road. one of those might be in the clearing stages there. you can see that southbound traffic is light for this time of morning. the roads are still slick out there. it could be some slushy spots. in the secondary roads, you want to use caution. >> the snow is almost over. we look at hd doppler radar. dry conditions here, a few flurries, and on the lower eastern shore as well. flurries out near hagerstown. other than that, this storm is
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winding down. the wins will pick up to 25 degrees at the airport. humidity is up and barometers down. temperatures down to 21 at frederick, at night at oakland. temperatures still falling this morning. forecast today, what little snow there is left is ending. >> be sure to check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information, and also for school delays. our next live update at 7:55.
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♪ went to a party in the county jail ♪ 7:30 on a friday morning, the 8th day of january 2010. you're looking at graceland, elvis presley's famous home in memphis, tennessee. we're showing it to you because today marks what would have been the king of rock and roll's 75th birthday. >> hard to believe. >> yeah, it is. inside studio 1a, i'm matt lauer alongside ann curry, in for meredith today. do you have a favorite elvis song? >> i think "love me tender," that's my favorite, although i like watching him in "jailhouse rock." >> yeah, i like "heartbreak
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hotel." a lot of great music. coming up, we'll look back at elvis's life and how he changed entertainment forever when priscilla presley joins us for an exclusive live interview from graceland. >> it's so cool watching these images. also coming up, josh powell, the husband of missing utah mother susan powell. he's considered a person of interest in her disappearance, but apparently, that's not stopping him from preparing to move out of the state with the couple's two boys. we're going to get reaction from josh powell's sister and brother-in-law in a live interview in a moment. also ahead, las vegas like you've never seen it before. we'll take you behind the scenes with the men and women of sin city's police force. but let's begin this half hour with the latest on the balloon boy incident. richard heene, who begins his jail sentence on monday, is with us for an exclusive live interview, his first since being sentenced. we'll talk to him in a moment, but first, nbc's lee cowan has new video of the incident as it unfolded. >> ready! >> all right. okay. >> reporter: it's
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never-before-seen video of the heene family building that now ill-fated flying saucer. >> pretty cool, huh? >> yeah. >> reporter: most of the world saw what happened when the completed balloon broke loose of its tethers. but the heenes now want to share more of what they say is home video from that day, specifically showing what happened after they supposedly learned their 6-year-old son falcon was floating away, too. >> dad, falcon's in there! >> where? >> in the ship! >> he was just here! >> no, he's in there! >> what? >> what? >> he's in there. i saw him crawl in. >> no, he's not. >> yeah! >> he was just here. falcon? falcon? >> no way. >> reporter: the self-made tapes sound pretty real, and so do the ensuing 911 calls from his wife, mayumi. >> we gotta, we gotta get my son! >> reporter: but after the investigators questioned the heenes, they determined it was
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all a hoax. the heenes pleaded guilty. they each got jail time. richard heene even apologized to a judge. >> i'm very, very sorry and i want to apologize to -- >> reporter: but richard heene now says that that was the act, not his son's balloon flight. despite the guilty plea, he says he's innocent, telling cnn's larry king he never lied. >> some of the substance you believe your son was in the craft. >> i knew he was in the craft when i called him -- >> you didn't know it. >> no, no, no, in my mind. in my mind. there was no other place, because i visualized him. >> reporter: he says he only took the guilty plea because he says he was afraid he'd be unable to find a fair jury, and there was something more. >> i had to do it to save my family and my wife. >> how so? >> the threat of deportation was eminent. >> deporting who? >> my wife. >> to where?
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>> japan. >> i watched the interview, and frankly, my first reaction was between laughing and throwing up. >> reporter: the larimer county sheriff doesn't buy it. although heene says his wife's poor english meant that she didn't understand what the word hoax meant, police say she understood it well enough to confess to everything. >> she took a polygraph, she failed it, was confronted with the fact that she failed it and she immediately cooperated and gave up all of the facts. >> reporter: although heene's jail sentence starts on monday, he says he wants to clear his name first. misunderstanding is what he says he's guilty of, and nothing more. for "today," lee cowan, nbc news, los angeles. >> and richard heene with with us now exclusively. mr. heene, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> this is quite a development. let me make sure i understand this. you're saying now that everything you have said regarding your guilt in this case was a lie. the plea deal you accepted was based on a lie. when you stood in front of that judge in a court, the video we
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just saw where you got emotional and said you were sorry, that was a lie. your wife confessing that this was all a hoax and that you told -- you told your children to lie to authorities, that was a lie. is that correct? >> i never said that my children confessed to anything, or you know, i didn't tell them to lie. but the one thing i want to cover, the most important thing of all is the fact that the sheriff's department completely lied. they've got close to 100 and some odd lies that they have presented. the person that should be in jail are the people who are convicting me, and that's the sheriff's department -- >> well, let me ask you -- >> because -- no, no -- >> why would the sheriff's department of larimer county, why would the sheriff, why would they pick on richard heene? >> well, that's the big question in my mind. if you look at the investigative -- the investigation that they presented, i told them for a fact -- i called the faa, i then called 911 and i called for a helicopter thereafter.
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they have it on tape. just shortly, an hour later, they're filling out paperwork saying that richard heene said to your affidavit that prior to calling for the 911, he called channel 9 news. that is a lie. and it was on item number 4, item 17 and item 12, i do believe. go ahead. >> you talk about the affidavit. i've got a copy of the affidavit right here. and to me, the most damning part -- and this was filed by the sheriff's department so they could get a search warrant. they go into this part with your wife, mayumi, and basically, they tell her she failed a polygraph test, and then she goes in great detail explaining everything that happened. among the things she said that you planned this for a couple of weeks and that you instructed your three children to lie to authorities as well as the media regarding this hoax. why would she say that? >> she didn't say most of that. if you go through the transcripts and compare it to the actual video, you will find that most of the questions she
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was asked were yes and no questions and she would either say yes or no. and so, she would be asked, you know, five, six, nine times the same question before even answering. my wife has difficulty with the american language, which is fine, but she literally was in tears after the interrogation. she walked up to me with this japanese-english dictionary, and she said, i thought the hoax was an exhibition. >> but richard, we were very specific in asking the larimer county sheriff about that, and he said, no, we didn't just ask her yes and no questions. as a matter of fact, once we told her she failed the polygraph, she went off on her own, using her own words in great detail. this wasn't yes, no. even if you misunderstand the word hoax, when you come up with a sense like "we told our children to lie to the authorities and media," that's a different thing. >> yeah, well, the sheriff is a liar, just like heffernan himself. but i do want the audience to know that they lied about the information about the 911.
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they went out on a press conference, told the press this, and he knew which order i made those phone calls and he lied to the press. he lied about me coming down to the sheriff's station to pick up this craft. and another thing i want to cover is that they also fabricated evidence. the craft was literally 20 feet wide by 6 feet in the middle, up to 6'9", and it really can hold that much helium. so, what they did was they went and pulled measurements out in the field, and you can see their own photographs where they pulled from the edge to the center. >> right. >> 10 feet. they got it back to the garage and they had new measurements 16 feet across. they then got professor jones from csu. let me finish. they got professor jones from csu to come down there and give his opinion -- could a 16-foot craft carry a child? he said no. but he said if richard's measurements were true and correct, the first time he gave them, that could pick up a child. >> richard, these guys -- >> they're trying to hang me. >> this started to unravel for a lot of people that night you went on tv, and in that moment, falcon said the following when
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asked what all happened, he said you had said that "we did this for the show." and i think a lot of people watched that and they said he's probably the most innocent person, except your other children as well, in this whole situation, and here in an unguarded, spontaneous moment, he spoke the truth. how do you respond to that? >> well, i asked falcon about that afterward. and anyway, so, after i did the initial press conference, i went inside, opened up the door to my garage, you know, there was like 30 or 40 camera guys, a big garage door shooting inside the garage. i see my two children climbing up into the rafters. a japanese cameraman had asked falcon, could you please show us how you got up into the attic, it's for my tv show. so, my son bradford and him showed them how they get up into the rafters. >> and so, you think that's what falcon was referring to on television, on live television that night. mr. heene, have you done nothing wrong, nothing? when you look back over this whole thing, do you think there's nothing you did to deserve this jail sentence you're going to start serving on
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monday? >> i've done absolutely nothing wrong to deserve this. i'm being persecuted i think for the benefit of the sheriff. his term runs out in 2011. he's probably going to run for governor, who knows, but not off my back. >> mr. heene -- >> look, i need to clear my name. i need everybody to know this was not a hoax, absolutely not. and after my jail sentence, i'll say a few more things, but i'd like to know, is the aclu going to talk to me? are they going to contact me about this issue? and perhaps the fbi can investigate aldernan. >> we'll talk to you after you finish 30 days in jail and 60 days i guess work release. thank you for joining us. >> can i say one thing? >> i'm out of time, mr. heene, i apologize. >> all right. >> thank you very much. let's get a check of the weather now from al. and i've got to tell you, this is one of the most inventive signs we've seen in a long time.
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>> i worked very hard on it. >> very nice. a cascade. i like it. what's your name? >> chanelle pritchard. >> thank you. let's look at what's happening. today we have some lake-effect snow cranking up, now that the low pressure system is moving, bringing that reinforcing shot of cold air. we're talking 9 to 12 inches of snow in northern indiana, 6 to 9 inches of snow throughout western new york into upstate new york. rain moves into the pacific northwest, sunshine for the plains into the southwest. flurries in west texas on into new mexico >> last of the snow pulling off the delmarva. lynndie is the headline of the day, as we will be cold and blustery could call high temperatures only near freezing.
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>> and it's your birthday and you were just engaged! all right, well, congratulations. >> thank you. >> and if you want to check the weather for your engagement any time of the day or night, go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. >> all right. ever have one of those days, al, where you really need a weekend? >> absolutely. okay, coming up, vegas undercover. our cameras tag along with police to see what really happens in sin city.
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back now at 7:44. we've all heard the phrase what happens in vegas stays in vegas. well, nbc's chris hansen is pulling back the curtain on what really happens in sin city on "dateline." it's the vegas few people see. for the last year, "dateline" has been undercover behind the scenes as police in vegas conduct elaborate surveillance. one is a storefront where they try to lure in crooks and felons
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seeking to steal goods. we've been watching from the back room as this storefront has been a revolving door for criminal suspects selling their loot. meet brad young, a six-time convicted felon. >> i'm 29 years old and have been in prison four times. >> reporter: brad will turn out to be one of the shop's best customers, bringing in six cars in six weeks. >> i'll give you $750 for this one. >> reporter: but just as important, he'll spread the word, sending in more thieves, like his girlfriend, alicia napadano. >> are you working right now? do you need rent or what? >> i have never had a job in my life. >> shut up. >> swear. >> how old are you? >> 21. >> you've never had a job ever? burger barn, subway, nothing? >> i never had to. >> reporter: in all, she'll make nine visits to the storefront. >> oh, my god, you're alive! >> this time, it's a stolen bmw. >> and you said it came from a valet? >> yeah. >> reporter: she explains it was
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stolen from a casino. >> well, they leave the key in it a lot of times so the valet can drive it and they can walk into the casino. >> what's up? >> reporter: here comes todd mcclary, a friend of brad's, here with two vehicles, one of them a $230,000 bentley. >> i've got it all here, believe it or not. i actually got them [ bleep ] here, and it's been a [ bleep ] nightmare. >> reporter: todd, a 35-year-old carpet layer, explains he's the middleman, not the thief. >> i just coordinate it, man. i just coordinate. >> reporter: after a year of working undercover, vegas cops rounded up the suspects. this is when i get a chance to confront them and show them for the first time they've been caught on "dateline's" hidden cameras. hey, todd, how are you doing? >> hey, how are you doing? >> chris hansen. >> reporter: remember todd mcclary, the guy who calls himself the middleman? >> i just coordinate it, man. >> reporter: unaware he's been caught on tape, he denies everything. have you ever sold any stolen cars before?
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>> no. >> reporter: do you know anything about stolen car rings? >> no. >> reporter: there's evidence that you did get involved in selling some stolen cars in an undercover sting operation. >> i was in no part of an undercover sting operation, i don't -- >> i'm not saying you helped police with the sting operation. i'm saying you got caught in a sting operation. >> i've never been caught in a sting operation. >> reporter: well, you're about to be. can i show you some videotape? >> you call it paranoia. i don't deal with that [ bleep ] on a day-to-day basis. >> reporter: that's you, right? >> yeah. >> reporter: you denied it until you saw the videotape. did you just forget about it? >> you knew it. >> yeah, i knew it. >> reporter: how much did you make off of all that? >> not much. there's only a couple times i actually had my hands on the money first, but for the most part -- wow. >> reporter: las vegas metro sheriff doug gillespie says his department's proactive policing,
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like this undercover operation, is working. what do you say to criminals who may see this, who have their eyes on las vegas? >> watch out. we're in a lot of different places doing a lot of different things. and you may think you're good at your trade, but we're that much better. and you're going to get caught. >> reporter: vegas undercover will actually be the second "dateline" hour sunday night. first will be an investigation into the terror plot aboard northwest flight 253. in fact, ann, i'm going to run over to the white house right now to do an interview for that hour as well. >> okay, sounds very good. chris hansen, thank you so much. you can see both reports, including "dateline: vegas undercover" this sunday at 7:00 p.m./6:00 p.m. central time on nbc. still ahead, police identify a couple as persons of interest in the disappearance of an 8-month-old baby.
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sean goldman, the new jersey boy caught in the middle of a five-year-long international custody battle, started school on thursday. meredith caught up with sean and his father, david goldman, earlier in the week for her exclusive special airing tonight on "dateline." >> reporter: they look like any father and son playing ball. how could anyone guess how much it means to david goldman to simply have his boy at his side? it has been 5 1/2 years since his now deceased wife took their son, sean, to brazil and never returned. there were so many battles, so many lonely years, but now, finally, father and son are together again. >> we walk around and people say, "welcome home, sean, congratulations, you have a great dad," and he sees that and he's really starting to feel good about it. >> reporter: i sat down with david three days ago to talk to
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him for the second time since he was reunited with sean. we've spent more than a year having these conversations. it was a different kind of spirit before, a defiant spirit. what am i looking at now? >> a dad who can be with his son. >> reporter: it's only been a week and a half, but their life at home in new jersey has already settled into a pleasant rhythm. father and son have been palling around. yesterday, sean started school. >> he really was excited. he goes, "when do i go to school?" >> reporter: sean remembers more than his dad expected. >> do you remember that chair? >> yeah. >> reporter: it's the little things that resonate, a chair in the office, teeth marks on a banister. >> yes, remember your teeth! look at you, it's sean. she missed you. >> reporter: for david, it still seems so surreal. all these years he'd kept sean's bedroom frozen in time.
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>> i spent five years avoiding this room, and now he's home. he's home. >> reporter: but david's family and friends say sean isn't the only one who's returned to them. >> we get david back, too. >> he's been a mope for five years. now i can -- he's like glowing. >> reporter: sean's brazilian family is still vowing to continue the fight, but david is focused only on sean and the journey ahead. >> and you can watch more of meredith's report tonight on a special two-hour "dateline: bringing sean home: the untold story" at 8:00/7:00 central time here on nbc. and just ahead, we'll take you to graceland for an exclusive interview with priscilla presley on what would have been elvis's 75th birthday. look at that.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. let's check on the morning commute with kim dacey and traffic pulse 11. >> we have a messy situation on the inner loop of the beltway on the northwest side at greenspring ave. you can see that the traffic is almost stopped to adjust the shoulder is getting by there. the inner loop at greenspring. jammed conditions from reisterstown road all the way to greenspring ave. that is because of a truck fire
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there on the inner loop. we will show you the live drive times on the that area. 16 miles per hour at the most. at 83, you're looking at 19 minutes. the outer loop of the beltway in the same area, looking at 12 minutes. 95 southbound between the beltway and the b-2, 11 minutes. we are ok there. we do have northbound on the j.f.x., still some degree there. report of an accident at sinclair lane and eastpoint avenue. again, avoid the inner loop side of the beltway, greenspring ave, if at all possible. major, major delays there. >> the sun is beginning to break through it and the last of the snow was pulling away from the eastern shore. there are still a few flurries east and southwest, and some flurries between frederick and hagerstown. but not very significant.
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24 is the current reading at the airport. humidity is up but the barometer is low. temperatures down in the single digits in parts of maryland right now. today's forecast is partly cloudy. >> our next live update, 8:25.
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♪ well, bless my soul, what's wrong with me ♪ 8:00 now on a friday morning. it's the 8th day of january 2010. let's say that again, january 8th. it is 75 years ago today that elvis presley, the king of rock and roll, was born. you can bet there are big doings planned all around the country, especially in memphis at his home and now museum, graceland. man, this guy had a career, didn't he?
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he had over a billion -- that's with a "b" -- a billion records sold, 33 hit movies. he was an absolute icon, still is to this day. and coming up this morning, we're going to check in with priscilla presley, the woman who shared so many years and memories with elvis presley. she'll join us live from graceland in just a little while. hello, priscilla. >> it's great to see her and also that side of graceland. also, on a more serious note, the disappearance of susan powell. there is a strange development connected to that case, because her husband josh, who's been designated a person of interest -- in fact, a month after susan's disappearance -- he's the only person designated as a person of interest -- he's now decided to move. and so, we'll be talking to his sister and brother-in-law in just a few minutes about what's developing in that case. >> okay. and later on, on a lighter note, we'll show you how to take your kid's favorite junk food and make it healthier so that they can indulge and not do so much damage. >> good advice. before that, let's go inside.
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natalie's at the news desk filling in for ann this morning. natalie, good morning again. >> good morning, matt, ann and al, and good morning to you. the young nigerian who allegedly tried to bomb a u.s. jetliner on christmas day makes a court appearance today. 23-year-old umar farouk abdulmutallab was indicted on charges that could send him to prison for life. federal officials have said abdulmutallab would be offered a plea deal in exchange for information about any terror contacts he might have. police say a pension dispute may have led to thursday's deadly shooting spree at a st. louis industrial plant. eight people were shot, three of them fatally, before 51-year-old timothy hendron killed himself. he had sued the company over losses to his retirement account, a case that went to court on tuesday. police in arizona have named two people persons of interest in their investigation into the disappearance of 8-month-old gabriel johnson, a baby last seen in late december. police say they are hopeful the child is still alive. more from nbc's george lewis.
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>> reporter: the search is on for baby gabriel in arizona, texas, florida and elsewhere. over the holidays, in a chilling text message to the boy's father, gabriel's mother, 23-year-old elizabeth johnson, said she had killed her son. arrested last week in miami, johnson changed her story, saying she gave the baby to an unidentified couple in texas. >> and i think she knows exactly where he's at and knows if he's in good hands. >> reporter: police reports show elizabeth johnson has a record of violent behavior, breaking windows and mirrors in the apartment she shared with her boyfriend. one of the reports mentions that she may have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. in december, she handed gabriel over to jack and tammy smith of scottsdale, arizona, giving them power of attorney to take care of him prior to a possible adoption. >> she signed temporary guardianship over to us. >> at that point, we were just
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babysitting. >> reporter: police say she later got gabriel back from the couple and headed to texas, but there's a new twist. in a press release, the tempe, arizona, police department names the smiths persons of interest in their investigation. >> there are some indications that they may have more information than they have shared with investigators up to this point. >> reporter: the smiths have denied any knowledge of gabriel's whereabouts. >> we are not the enemy. we are the people that's doing everything humanly possible to try and make this investigation go smooth. we've been cooperative with the police. >> reporter: the tempe police are asking anyone with information about gabriel to call the national center for mis aeg a missing and exploited children. george lewis, nbc news, los angeles. >> and the hotline number that george talked about is 1-800-the-lost or 1-800-843-5678 if you have any information about little gabriel johnson. the winter storm that brought fierce windchills to the midwest and snow to georgia kept
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rolling eastward today. in atlanta, a rush hour pileup this morning involved more than two dozen vehicles. and in ohio, at least four people were killed when a tanker truck slid across a highway median into oncoming traffic. and blinding snow on thursday also closed roads and schools across nebraska. winter has its grip on us all. it is now 8:04 right now. let's get another check of the weather from mr. roker. thank you very much, natalie. got some nice friends here from the mercer museum doylestown. what's the mercer museum? >> it's how people lived before the civil war. tells you all about how people lived before the civil war. >> hi. >> beautiful. >> okay, check it out. bucks county, pennsylvania. let's see what's happening as far as your weather's concerned. philadelphia, p.a., not too far from doylestown, p.a. nbc 10, some morning flurries, 34 degrees. for the weekend, wet weather in the pacific northwest, frigid weather in the plains, lake-effect snows around the eastern great lakes. then on sunday, sunday, more lake-effect snow, frigid weather
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>> temperatures in the upper 20s to around 30. the snow off to delmarva. it is going to be windy. high temperatures up there freezing. >> and that's your latest weather. mr. lauer? >> mr. roker, a couple things i want to share here. first of all, it's this young lady's birthday. she shares elvis's birthday, lives in memphis, tennessee, but more importantly, got engaged. congratulations. >> thank you. >> that's nice. way to go. when we come back, is susan powell's husband gearing up for a move? we'll have the latest on the utah mother's disappearance. howp
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it's a tasty, nutritious way to make this number go up... and help this one go down. v8. what's your number? back now at 8:10. it has been exactly one month since utah mother susan powell's mysterious disappearance, and her husband, a person of interest in the case, is reportedly planning a move. we'll talk to his sister and his brother-in-law in just a moment, but first, nbc's miguel almaguer has the latest. >> reporter: after being gone from his utah home for several weeks, neighbors have noticed activity at josh powell's home in recent days. his brother was seen there tuesday. after losing his job, josh powell is said to be packing up inside, reportedly planning to move. >> i was surprised to hear that.
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i didn't know that he was going to move out. >> reporter: police have no suspects in susan powell's disappearance but have named her husband a person of interest. >> at this point, he's free to do whatever he wants, correct? >> that's right. he's still a person of interest. he is still not willing to come in and talk to us. >> reporter: not long after the search for his wife began, powell left their home in utah with his sons and drove to washington state to the family home where he grew up 900 miles away from the search for his wife. his return to utah and continued silence have added to the frustration expressed by police and neighbors. >> he's somebody that i went to church with, and if he's the leader of his home, where is he? he's not looking for his wife. that much i know. >> reporter: his refusal to talk with detectives or answer any questions regarding his missing wife have led to speculation about his motives. >> both scott peterson, and now, it appears, josh powell have
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done the exact opposite of what we would expect. in essence, instead of spending and devoting their time looking for their wife, they're moving on with their lives. >> reporter: police have not been able to verify josh powell's story that he took his boys camping in this remote area after midnight in a snowstorm the morning his wife went missing. >> was she a runaway? was she kidnapped? could she have been murdered? these are all the choices they have, but it seems that everything centers back on her husband, josh, and on this story that he's used to explain the last night he saw her. >> reporter: now, with no new leads and josh leaving town, police are no closer to finding out what happened to susan powell, the vibrant, young mother of two small children. for "today," miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. >> jennifer graves is josh powell's sister. she's with us now along with her husband, kirk. good morning, you two. >> good morning. >> good morning.
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>> jennifer, can you confirm that your brother is moving, and if so, where's he going and are you surprised? >> he is indeed moving. he's going to move up to washington and live with my dad right now. no, i'm not really surprised. i'm disappointed. i think he would be better off staying here and supporting the search for susan. >> what is your relationship like with your brother right now? it sounds as though you're really carrying a lot of sadness and confusion. >> i am quite sad right now. the relationship is a little strange right now. >> strange. what about for you, kirk, are there some emotions? as you think about this, it's been a month now since susan's disappearance and josh is the only one named a person of interest. >> clearly, there's a lot of emotion going on, and it
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vacillates between some frustration and some anger, but with nowhere to really direct any of that, it goes back to just kind of confusion. we wish something would break and we wish there was more information. >> you actually saw him not long ago. is it true you were actually helping him move? >> we have gone over a couple of times to help him do some packing and things. >> and so, you've seen the children, the two boys, very young boys. how are they doing? >> he actually didn't bring them back with him. the boys are still in washington with my dad. so -- >> do we know anything about how they're doing? >> -- we haven't seen them. we haven't really heard a lot, you know. i think they're doing okay, but we haven't been able to see them for ourselves, so -- >> they have spent some time with their grandpa, which is good. >> do the two of you still have
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hope? i know, jennifer, you were very close to susan. do you still have hope that she will be found alive? and if so, what do you want to say about that? >> absolutely. i still have hope. i'm very pleased with the diligence of the police. they have not given up this case. like it was said, it's been one full month now, but they are still working hard on it, and i would like everyone to continue to keep looking, keep -- if there are any even little, insignificant details that they might think of, you know, contact the police. >> all right. well, we've just showed her picture again and again. jennifer and kirk graves, thank you so much, and our best to you. >> thank you. and coming up next, an exclusive live interview from graceland with priscilla presley on this, elvis's 75th birthday. but first these messages.
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we are back now at 8:20 on what would have been elvis presley's 75th birthday. thousands are expected to participate in a special celebration at graceland to launch a year's worth of events commemorating his life and legacy. and leading the festivities is his ex-wife, priscilla presley. she's with us now exclusively. priscil priscilla, nice to see you, as always. how are you doing? >> well, thanks, matt. >> i want to ask you about elvis and graceland. give me a lay of the land. what room are you in right now at graceland? >> well, right now i'm in the living room. so, if you can see in the back, this is actually a real fun area that we all used to gather in, and then right in front of me is the dining room. >> you know, when we lose an icon at an early age, like elvis and others come to mind like james dean and marilyn monroe and jfk, that person is forever frozen in our collective memories at the age that they
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were when they died. do you ever -- have you wondered over the years what elvis would have been like as he got older, what he would have been like, for example, at 75? >> absolutely. i think that's probably one of the first questions people ask is, you know, what would he be doing now or, you know, what would his life be? and i think, you know, elvis would always be a part of music, no matter what. i mean, it was in his blood. i don't know if he'd be doing rock and roll right now, but i think that maybe he'd be going into gospel, maybe even preaching little bit. he loved to have, you know, he loved to teach and he loved the bible. i don't know, you know. it's interesting. i do know that he would always be dedicated to his music, that's for sure. >> it may sound like an odd question, priscilla, but do you think it would have been possible for him to have remained as popular in life as he has remained in death? >> you know, he gave us so much, matt. he honestly did, with his movies, of course, and with his
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concerts, with his touring. i can't see him ever stopping that. i mean, that was truly who he was. he was born to be the entertainer that he was, and i can't imagine life without him as being larger than life. he lived a larger than life, you know, life. so, i can only imagine that -- >> just the way people react to hearing the name elvis after all these years gives you an indication that they would have still gone crazy for him no matter what. let me give you an idea of the things you have planned at graceland, not only today, but throughout this coming year. >> well, my goodness, we have -- this is a whole year celebration. we've got some events coming up. we've gotew exhibits that we have actually right now and will have throughout the year. we have the memphis to tupelo. we're tracking his life and when he was a young boy -- i'm sorry, tupelo to memphis. and we have a few things that we have in that exhibit. we have a beautiful exhibit with his costumes, his stage
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costumes, his jumpsuits. we have about 30 of those. and it's ongoing throughout this year that we'll have new things, new exhibits all the time, always new this year. so, it's going to be a big celebration. >> i know you have a couple things from the exhibits. for example, is it true that elvis in the 1960s had a cell phone? >> well, you're looking at it right now. this is -- you know, there's a cute little story that goes to this. we saw -- he was a big james bond fan with sean connery, and i don't know if you remember, but this was probably -- this is like a prototype in one of the movies, and elvis absolutely went nuts over this and wanted to know about if there was something like this available. and sure enough, he got the first one. and you can see, we traveled in the car, in the limo with this, and people -- he'd be driving by and be on the phone and there would be a lot of second takes about, you know -- >> i would imagine. >> is that a phone? is that a phone?
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can u imagine? >> come a long way, because i know there's an iphone application now for elvis and all things elvis. and i know you also have there, priscilla, you've got a report card. i think it' from third grade, is that right? >> this is a third grade report card in tupelo. it was actually a very good report card. if you look at it, he had excellent in just about everything except two things, math -- or arithmetic -- and sciee. but it looks like he picked up, you know, toward the end of the year. so, he hagreat comments. he was a really good student. teacrs really liked him. he was very, you know, elvis was quite shy as a little boy, so he excelled, actually, he did. >> before i let you go, is there one place at graceland that if you can have some privacy that you like to go, your favorite om that really reminds you of elvis? >> oh, my gosh, this whole place reminds me of elvis. i mean, i'm sitting here right nown fnt of th staircase,
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and i can vislize him coming down tha staircase every time i come in. his spirit is definitely here. we used every single room in this house -- dining room, ving room. you know, we lived the life here. so, it's -- his spirit is definitely here. >> really, thank you very much for joining us this morning, >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. happy friday. let's get a final check on the morning commute with traffic pulse 11 am kim dacey. >> good news and bad news. the good news is that foxfire and greenspring on the inner loop of the beltway, but you can see the bad news here. the delays are still present. all lanes are back open, so things are moving slowly. the inner loop of the beltway at greenspring, the list from 795 back to greenspring.
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95 and white marsh, those things are very light for this time of morning, north and southbound. two other things to talk about. police activity at brookeville, and -- at parksville, and northbound j.f.x., still has some trash there in the lanes. also an accident in the city of sinclair and east on ave. report of a crash 97 northbound on 32. the only. you really want to avoid is the in the lip of the ball at greenspring ave. -- the inner loop of the beltway at greenspring ave. >> temperatures are still chilly to sunbreaks in baltimore. flurry activity on the eastern shore. no real accumulation from this point on. we will see some sign mixed with clouds during the day to day. forecast temperatures, 24 now. way below zero in the upper
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midwest. cold air is on the way in. storms spinning their way out of the picture. some breaks in the clouds. the storm will drug cold air into the area. -- dry cold air into the area. partly cloudy skies. in the west, snow showers and light accumulation. winds will be gusting t, west, northwest, a 15 to 20 miles per hour. hour.
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8:00 -- sorry, 8:30 now on a friday morning. >> 9:00! >> wow, iust went into a time warp. 8:30 on a friday morning. it's the 8th day of january 2010. these people have been braving
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some kind of wintry weather here, a wintry mix in the northeast. blue skies now, but we've had some snow over the morning, and we thank them for sticking around. out on the pla, i'm matt lauer along with ann curry, filling in while meredith's taking a day off. got mr. roker and ms. morales here as well. and coming up, how's this for a question -- would you set aside a year of your life to uly change your life? >> sure. >> oh, gosh, i'd love to if i cod afford the opportunity. we have a woman who did. her name is gretchen rubin. i know, you were setting us up. >> ias hoping you would just pick that up. >> i'm supposed to say now that there's a woman named gretchen rubin. she's written a blog about having done that. and month by month, she wted to explore what makes a person happy, and she basically tested -- a very, very smart woman, once worked for sandra day o'nnor. anyway, she's n written a book about these 12 months, and basically, they tell us a lot about what truly makes us happy, matt, including questions that come out --
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>> thank you. thanks for hanging in there with me. >> that was areacherous path there. cue ann. >> also -- >> cue al! >> smooth open. >> this is one for the record oks. coming up this sunday, it's a new "chuck"! that's right. let's bring in the star of "chuck," thenerd turned spy, zachary levi. >> hi, zachary, nice to see you. >> coming up on sunday -- >> we love you! >> i love you. >> and it's no more mr. nice spy. this geek turned spy. you get an upload, an upgrade -- >> i do. >> and you've got some new powers. >> yes, the new intersect is the computer in my head, kind of, and i get the new version, the 2.0, and it gives me all these abilities, you know, like kung fu and playing musical instruments and speaking different languages. >> ooh. >> when you heard you were going from mr. nerd to bond, james bond, what was your reaction? because that meant i some ways a different character, but in some ways not. >> yeah, you're absolutely right, although he's still the same nerd at heart.
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no matter how good he gets at being a spy, he's still a nerd at heart, which is like myself, so i love that. i'm veryxcited. every boy and girl that drives up dreaming of shooting bad guys and driving the cars. >> being the tough guy. >> yeah, and i get tbe the tough guy. it's fu >> and your fans on this show literally stood up and they wrote to the network and sent letters and they said we want this show to be around, and that's a pretty nice thing -- >> and they're wearing the hats on the plaza ts morning. >> we have the best fans in the world and they're reallvery smart. they started this whole grassroots campaign where they went and patronized subway, who' one of our main spsors, and they all bough foot-long sandwiches on the night of our finaleast season and it resonated with subway, with nbc. >> so, are you planning on paying them back now? >> free sandwiches for everybody! >> free sandwiches! >> al said that, not me. i didn't say that. yeah, yeah. >> well, it's a lot of fun. i actually saw the premiere on
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an american airlines flight this week. >> oh, nice. >> yeah, nice, a little preview. >> synergy, baby, synergy. >> it was fun. >> he did not leave. he stayed right in fron of the set. >>n fact, i went through all the commercials. >> thank you, thank you. >> zachary levi. >> thank you, guys, very much. >> good luck. >> the premiere is sunday, 00, two-ho >> last of the snow pulling off the delmarva. lynndie is the headline of the day, as we will be cold and blustery could call high temperatures only near freezing.
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by the way, we are back here, and al, thank y for the weathe and i want to show people the "pele" gazine extra "new year n you" edition. cindy crawford on the cover. but that's not why i'm holding it. because inside -- >> ooh, oh. >> there is a lovely picture of our very own ann curry. >> the one and only. >> and this is all abo celebries and ththings the do to stay grounded, connected, relaxed, things ke that. >> balanced. >> balanced. and ann, as i'm sure you know by w, takes her camera everywhere, takes extraordinary photographs, is featured in there. ann, that's great. congratulations. >> i don't know why they would include me in a celebrity magazine, but i think it's a great opportunity to think about what do we do that makes us happy, makes us relaxed. and for me, a lot of tes we go to the stories that are so tough, taking the camera lets m stop time, and really, i think, give voice as much as ian to these pple o we meet in these stories. >> you had a couple of really, ally well-received shows -- >> exhibits as well, ah. >> -- exhibits for your photography.
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>> i find there's a new way of reporting. when you get a large number of people, something like 2,000 people in two days go through the exhibit in palm beach. it's a new way of reporting when you can talk about and give voice to these people who really need a voice. the's the dalai lama and the nbc news producer putting on his makeup. but i hope everyone finds it -- >> the images capture so much more sometes than the video le, so -- >> it stops time. >> i does. >> and i think we all wish we could do that. >> no offense to ms. crawford. go pick up the magazine for ms. curry, okay? >> thanks, guys. >> all right? anyway, we're going to head over to the rink in a second. we're going to go check out a hopeful for the u.s. figure skating team. >> this is just smooth >> fir, this is "today" nbc.
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thisorning on "today's countdown to vancouver,"e're just 35 days away from the opening ceremony for the winter
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olympics. moreimportantly, though, for rachel flat flat the young lady standing next to me, we're only a week away from the u.s. national figure skang championships. that competition determines who will skate on the olympic team. rachel joins us right now. how are you? good morning. >> good morning. how are you? >> i'm great, but you are 17 and you are trying to make your very first olympic team. what would that mean to you? >> it would mean everythi, you know. it's an incredibly exciting year for me. you know, i'm certainly looking forward to nationals and hopefully the olympics, but you kn, i have to train hard and make sure i do my job. >> when you are this close to a major competition like the naonal championships, what's going through your mind? how do you prepare? >> you know, i just do what i always do, make sure i stay fosed on what i've trained and make sure that i, you know, i have fun whi i'm doing it, you know. what more can you ask for at this point? >> you have been having fun doing this since you were 4, right? >> yep. >> 4 years d, balancing skating and school. it's a tough juggling act, isn't it
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>> absolutely. you ow, time management is definitely a crucial skill at this point. but you know, i'm learning to balance it. it's been an incredible year so far, but i'm sure it will get better. >> i know you've been working a little with dorothy hamill recently. she's somee i actually went to the early part of high school with before she took off for the olympic team. so, she can be a great mentor, i would imagine. >> absolutely. she has so man life experiences an she's had wonderful tidbits ofdvice for me over the years. so, it's been fabulousorking with her. >> well, good luck next week, but you're going to perform for us right now. >> yep. >> okay. you can head to the center o the ice and i'll say, ladies and gentlemen, rachael flatt. ♪
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♪ tell me what you see, you ain't seen the best of me yet ♪ ♪ give me time, i'll make you forget the rest ♪ ♪ i've got more to me and you can set it free ♪ ♪ i can catch the moment, don't y younow who i am, remember my name ♪ ♪ i'm gonna live foreve i'm gonna learn how to fly ♪ ♪ fame, i'm gonna learn forever, baby remember my name ♪
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♪ fame, i'm gonna live forever, baby remember my name ♪ ♪ >> rachael flatt. thank you very much. good luck at the at&t figure skating championships. coverage begins next saturday, january 16th, right here on nbc. and nbc's olympic coverage begins with the opening ceremony february 12th. we'll be in vancouver for all the action. up next, what you can learn the action. >host: could switching to geico really save you
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up, put on a happy face ♪ back now at 8:45. this morning on "today's moms," the pursuit of happiness. a city bus might seem like an unlikely place to have an epiphany, but for gretchen rubin, a cross-country bus ride on a rainy day changed her life. here's her story in her own words. ♪ >> once upon a time, but not very long ago, my daughter was too little to walk to school. so, we rode the city bus. each morning i tugged her along the sidewalk to the bus stop. each morning i gazed impatiently down third avenue while she stared in ecstatic wonder at the treasures in the drugstore window. i didn't particularly mind riding the bus, but i viewed each day off as a great treat. until one morning. "look, mommy, look, a dog!" she exclaimed as she pointed out the window at an ordinary dog on a leash. then suddenly, it hit me -- this
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bus ride was it. this was parenthood. this was the childhood of my darling girl. this was life itself. one day -- and that day probably wasn't too far away -- we'd no longer be riding the bus together, and i was frittering this time away. from then on, every morning i thought thank goodness, another day to ride the bus. >> and gretchen rubin joins us now, author of "the happiness project: or why i spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read aristotle and generally have more fun." gretchen, good morning. >> good morning. i'm very happy to be here. >> and yet, still there are tears in your eyes just now watching this, because it's very true to what you're feeling, what we actually i think a lot of women are feeling. >> that's exactly right, and one of the things i wanted to do in my "happiness project" was do things like clean my closets,
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but also find a way to think about the values like what it meant to be a parent and embrace the moment, because it's hard to sometimes keep track of those things when you're in the tumult of everyday life. >> we should tell people you started a blog in doing this, and essentially, you took every month at a time and you set these major resolutions and these little resolutions to sort of test them, to see what worked, what makes us happy. for example, in january, you basically, the effort was to boost energy. february's theme was to remember love, in other words marriage. so, is this how all this worked? >> it did. i thought about all of the things in my life i needed to work on to be happier. i realized i'm a grown-up now and if i wanted things right, i need to take charge. so i thought of all the areas where i wanted to do better and set little resolutions to try to make concrete changes and worked through them month by month, and the thing was, it turns out, if you do all those things that you tell yourself that you ought to do, you really can be happier.
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>> mm-hmm. and it seems like the bottom mi line is the mindfulness you talk about in the tape, this idea of living in the present moment and sort of being grateful for it, that that really ultimately was the thing for you. >> that's exactly right. and unfortunately, in my case, i'm a very unmindful person, so this was a huge challenge for me, because mindfulness pervades everything, everything from being mindful of what you eat to being mindful of your gratitude for your great family. >> can i tell you something crazy? this idea of being mindful of what you eat, to think of the place where the salad may have been grown, to be grateful for -- >> yes. >> you're connecting with this -- i mean, it sounds kind of weird to me, but this idea sort of makes the food taste better. >> exactly. and there's also this idea of the more you think about and embrace what you're doing, then you can make choices that really bring your own values into the forefront of your life, and that's when you're happier, is when you think that the way you're living every day in your ordinary life is a reflection of how you really want it to be. >> you tested every month every
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one of these resolutions to sort of see how they work. how did you test them? >> well, i would set myself a resolution and try it. one thing i did not think would be true is the example that novelty and challenge would bring happiness. i like to eat the same every day and don't like to travel. so i tested the blog and the scientists are right and novelty and challenge were, i now believe, a major source of happiness. >> meanwhile, people across the country have followed your lead, creating their own happiness projects. your book is a result of that blog, already on the best-sellers list. gretchen rubin, congratulations on your path to happiness, inspired by your daughter and that bus ride, has meant that more people might now have that chance. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> and the book is called "the happiness project." still ahead, how to make your kids' favorite junk foods more healthy.
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well, we're kicking off what is arguably the most exciting weekend of nfl action of the entire season tomorrow with a pair of wild card saturday games. so, it's the perfect time to check in with a legendary nfl coach and member of nbc's "football night in america" team, tony dungy. coach, good morning. >> hey, matt. >> nice to see you. >> great to be with you, thank you. >> i'm going to put you on the
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spot, get predictions in a second, but i want to start by talking a little about you. you're a legendary coach. you're a life coach for a lot of people. you spent a lot of time with young men and also athletes who find themselves in a position of needing redemption. why do you think you're well suited for that? >> it's something i've always been interested in. i had a lot of guidance growing up from my dad and coaches and other people, and i think guidance is so important, and for a lot of guys, that's the only thing missing, just a little bit of direction. >> one of the places i saw you, and i was a little surprised at the time, but when michael vick was reintroduced to football this year after serving time in prison for the dogfighting ring, there you were standing next to him. do you think he has truly changed as a person? is he deserving of the second chance he's being given? >> i think he really is. i think he was impacted, i think, not just by going to prison, but by having young boys send him letters -- hey, what happened to you, why aren't you playing? to have to tell that story, i think it really affected him.
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>> critical conditioniynics saw to him and said michael vick is using a guy with an impeccable reputation to look better in the public. did you worry about that? >> i didn't because i thought i could help michael, and he has adjusted well. people will say, well, he hasn't had a big impact on the field, he doesn't play that much for philadelphia, but what he's doing off the field, what's happened with his family has been tremendous. >> i've got three young children, two of them boys. one of them is sports obsessed. what's the best piece of advice you could give to a parent to help develop the right kind of attitude and sportsmanship in young athletes so that they advance and have the right attitude as they get further? >> the biggest thing i think you could tell him is, hey, you're only going to be allowed to play as long as you do well in school and use that carrot of playing to help them academically and other ways. and so often -- i've got a son like that, too, that is sports obsessed, loves football, but you have to build the other parts of their life as well. >> i try and also talk to my
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sons about the positive role models in sports, because you know what happens, tony, is they only hear about the negative stories, the michael vicks of the world and the gilbert arenas of the world. so, it's very hard because the messages are pouring in at these kids. >> there are, but there's a lot of positive ones. i was so glad that my sons got to kind of grow up on the sideline, be around the team, and they'd see the other 52 guys that are doing great things and that are super positive, and that would offset the one negative story they'd see. >> a lot of people would say you left the sidelines at the height of your career and you walked away from multimillion dollar contracts. do you miss it at all, any second thoughts? >> i don't. i'm enjoying what i do, and there are a lot of young men especially that need a little bit of guidance, and i've had time now to do that and do other things and charity things, and i still, on "football night on america," i get my fix of football. >> yeah, and we're happy to have you as part of that. so, i'll put you on the spot because they do on the air. who's going to come out of this weekend? most importantly, who are we going to see in the super bowl? >> i have to go with indianapolis. that's my team.
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>> yeah, sure. >> and i'm taking a long shot and saying maybe green bay packers. i think somebody's going to get hot in the nfc. >> which team wins that game in five seconds? >> indianapolis colts. >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. a frightening ride for passengers on board an mta bus after they found themselves caught in a police pursuit in west baltimore. the story unfolded around 3:00 p.m. yesterday when a driver fleeing police during a routine traffic stop took off at high speed and ran into a jersey wall at franklin street, sending the concrete barrier into the path of an oncoming bus. half a dozen people on the bus were treated for minor injuries. back in a
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>> now let's take a look at the forecast with john collins. >> less than two inches of snow
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with the latest storm, 23 in westminster, and into the single digits in far western maryland. the weather system is beginning to pull away behind us, some cold and blustery conditions. the insta-weather-plus forecast, partly cloudy skies on friday. 30 to 35. high temperatures -- the winds are 15 to 20 miles per hour. blustery winds continuing. >> we will have another update at 9:55.
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